OJ Got Legal Help From 'White Supremacist' Cellmate

The Juice opens up about the racism inherent in his trial, his post-jail plans
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2013 3:35 PM CDT
O.J. Simpson smiles during an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court on Friday, May 17, 2013 in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Ethan Miller, Pool)

(Newser) – OJ Simpson is back in court—and you can thank his allegedly racist cellmate for that, sources tell the New York Post. Early in his sentence, the Juice complained that his cellmate was "a white supremacist," her daughter told a Post "spy" at the time. But within a few months they had become friends—and the cellmate took an illuminating look at Simpson's legal documents. "It was the white supremacist who first pointed out to OJ that Yale Galanter had done him wrong," Simpson's former promoter Norman Pardo says.

The cellmate isn't the only one OJ pegged as racist. In an interview with the Post, he says the jury who convicted him was racist, too. "I feel like I'm back in the '50s—a black man in a white justice system," he says. He held up his chains and added, "I don't like this vibe. I feel like I'm back on Roots!" He feels better about his new judge. "She's not trying to be a movie star," Simpson says, a swipe at the judge who sentenced him, who wound up hosting a TV show. Indeed, Simpson's already formulating post-jail plans; Pardo says he'll take Simpson on a college speaking tour.

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